It was so encouraging to read a positive article about reflexology. Congratulations to Jane Holt for instigating the setting up of this research programme.
I am sure that many of you have had grateful patients who have conceived during a course of reflexology and gone on through to full term. Many of these may have also tried all the other medical options without success, and would have been at the point of giving up on ever becoming pregnant.
Apart from my own experience, I have also heard about other successful outcomes from colleagues and students regarding the remarkable benefits of reflexology in this field.
I just hope that research will give reflexology a fair 'crack of the whip' and allow enough treatments to be carried out over the often necessary length of time.
It is of interest to note that the feet have always been connected to fertility in ancient folk law. For instance the shoe represented the womb and the foot the phallus which fits the shoe.
Folk tales such as Cinderella, the origins of this tale can be traced back to many civilisations including ancient Greece, Asia, Chinese and Germanic to name a few. They all hint at the same meaning i.e. a prince, king, emperor etc. trying to find the owner of the beautiful shoe (womb) to bear his child.
Take for instance the old nursery rhyme: I know an old lady who lives in a shoe (womb) she had so many children she did not know what to do. This further explains the fertility significance of the shoe or boot.
As a final example (I am sure there are many more):
The dragging of boots and shoes behind a wedding carriage or car is another significant but not realised fertility ritual.
Take care what shoes you choose! To quote William Shakespeare: 'Nay her foot speaks'